Serena, Top Women Again Ease Through at French Open; Venus Beats Down Teen
by Staff | May 26th, 2016, 7:39 pm

It was a very un-WTA-like day for the top seeds at the French Open, where the Top 10 women came on strong, setting up some mid-tournament blockbuster matches.
No. 1 Serena Williams led the way, brutalizing Brazil’s Teliana Pereira 6-2, 6-1, setting up a meeting with No. 26 seed Kristina Mladenovic, who beat Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-3.

It’s going to be difficult,” Mladenovic said of facing the world No. 1. “Maybe I wanted to have a better draw, but then also I think it’s very positive…She’s been dominating every single match in the recent years. And it’s going to be very complicated.”

In other Top 10 action, No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky trailed Eugenie Bouchard 1-4 before producing a 6-4, 6-4 win, and No. 9 Venus Williams beat up on American teen Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-1.

“She expected me to put a lot of variation in my game, so I had to find another game plan in order to get the upper hand,” Bacsinszky said of Bouchard. “I was down 3-0, but I was not really concerned. Not worried. Because she was not head and shoulders above me. It was just a matter of adaptation. And when I managed to change my game plan, my tactics, my game intentions, things went differently.”

Venus, perhaps competing at her last French Open, said being old in tennis terms has its advantages.

“She had the youth, I had the experience,” Williams said after beating Chirico. “I definitely stay in the moment. I’m just grateful I think with every year that passes and every moment that I play, I’m grateful for this experience and blessed. What else could I ask for, really? I’m very happy with what happens — win, lose, or draw. Of course I like to win and I prepare for wins, but it’s been beautiful to do what I love for a long time.”

The No. 9-seeded Venus will next have her hands full against French upset artist Alize Cornet.

Seeded winners outside the Top 10 were No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 14 Ana Ivanovic, No. 15 Madison Keys, No. 18 Elina Svitolina, No. 22 Dominika Cibulkova who bageled Croat Ana Konjuh 6-0 in the third, and No. 29 Darya Kasatkina who topped Virginie Razzano in three.

“I tried to be aggressive,” said Ivanovic, who will next meet the No. 18 seed Svitolina, and is a win away from facing the world No. 1 Williams. “[It] gave me a little bit of confidence and a little bit of structure for the second set. But it was tough until the last point.”

Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva pulled the only seeded upset on the day, ousting No. 28 Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2.

Highlights on Friday at Roland Garros include (11) Lucie Safarova vs. (21) Sam Stosur, (2) Aggie Radwanska vs. (30) Barbora Strycova, (10) Petra Kvitova vs. Shelby Rogers, and the all-Russian (13) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. (24) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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14 Comments for Serena, Top Women Again Ease Through at French Open; Venus Beats Down Teen

jalep Says:

Friday, May 27, FO picks:
Begu over Beck
Halep over Osaka 🍿
Muguruza over Wickmayer
Kvitova over Rogers
Safarova over Stosur 🍿 classic
Kuznetsova over Pavlyuchenkova
Radwanska over Strycova 🍿 good luck Aga!
Stephens over Pironkova

Lakie has pulled into the top position in the WTA Busted Bracket Challenge:😊🍹

BBB Says:

Love the popcorn emoji.

Izak Walz Says:

If Kvitova’s on top of her game against Rogers in their upcoming third round match up then it’ll be an easy and extremely quick straight sets win for Petra but then again it’s never a certainty where Petra is concerned due to her consistent illnesses and injuries that have both completely derailed what would’ve definitely had been an HOF career thus far for Kvitova had she been able to practice and play while being 100% fit since her initial debut on tour. Unfortunately, it’s been erratic filled career up until this present time for her because without consistent adequate practicing, training, and proper preparation time it’s led to year’s after year’s of rollercoaster like results in her career. However, I strongly believe that should she ever rid herself of the health issues at least then she’ll finally fulfill her top potential and become the best women’s tennis player in the world hands down.

Margot Says:

jeez, Petra’s out now :( May have to eat Markus’ humble pie after all.

RZ Says:

Apparently there was lots of drama in the Cornet-Maria match. Cornet kept taking injury timeouts and Maria wasn’t happy about it, thought that Cornet was stalling to get over cramping.

RZ Says:

How is Pironkova beating Sloane on clay? Is Sloane injured? Pironkova usually sleeps through the year until grass court season. Though it is nice to see her do well in another slam outside of Wimbledon.

Margot Says:

Blimey! Sloane!

jalep Says:

Blimey and buddy hell! I have no idea what happened to Sloane. Just tuned into tennis news. Wow. Shocked about Rafa.

Petra. Sloane. Lucie. Almost Simona and Aga, too. Well, I expected Barbora to be tough, but Shelby Rogers — I hardly know anything about her. Great result for her!

18 year old Osaka…I like her.

Bracket was already in splinters.

RZ Says:

@Jalep – I was sure that Strycova would take her out. This messes up my bracket even further. But I’m happy for Aga.

I’m wondering if Lucie hasn’t fully recovered from her injury or is still rusty. I know she won Prague recently and the dubs in Miami, but she hasn’t had good results out of that. I’m more surprised that she and BMS lost in the doubles first round to an unheralded team.

RZ Says:

^ Illness not injury

jalep Says:

Lucie won Prague and beat Sam there, I think! Well, that one was bound go either way. Lucie’s been improving in singles. Not sure what’s going on with the doubles partner BMS. But Sam’s been playing well – happy for her!

I’m a big fan of Aga’s tennis – actually thought Barbora would win. Their h2h favored Aga — even on clay. weirdly.

For Petra…fingers crossed for her to come out motivated for grass.

jalep Says:

Pironkova over Stephens surprises me — Sloane was looking good, really good. Bad day at the office?

Margot Says:

My WTA bracket looks like a car crash and TBH ATP ain’t so good, but now nor is nearly everyone else’s…..;)

jalep Says:

No, my ATP bracket is in bad shape — everyone’s brackets 💩 (been waiting to use that emoji)

I’m missing Kim Clijsters and Li Na.

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